The Impact of the Protestant Reformation

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“The Impact of the Protestant Reformation”

A great many believe there is an elevated idea of freedom, government and rights.  However, this nation would not exist if not for the Reformation.   The grace of being able to know God has separated a great many even before Luther nailed his 95 thesis.  This was never the work of men.  Reformation has been going in through biblical time and it is a key component to our faith.  If we must know God, then we must be REFORMED.  This desire, at its root is to be under the Kingship of Jesus.  It makes for a very challenging life under a world leader and under God.

In 1776, a war with a very small percentage of the settlers and the English army was over to the victory of men that desired liberty to the end of death if not achieved.  But religious freedom and rights were not established.  There was persecution here of ecclesia.

Fifteen years later on December 15th, the government had established its position to protect the church.  The government gave us the freedom to meet and worship our Lord.  The men of congress deemed it our liberty to publish holy works.

What is not seen in the document is Christ.  From the very foundation of this nation we put ourselves at risk to lose our freedoms and rights to compromise the liberties of other religions that have lived under the title secularism, atheism or Islam.

The state of our liberty as believers is no different than those who lived in Rome over a thousand years ago.  In our world today, the system of coexistence which will put the Christian community separatism once again.  Coexistence is a religion unto itself.  There was an attempt to unite under the Universal Church, but that lead to Schism and the Reformation.   And yet we have ideas drifting in and out of Reformed churches like “chrislam”.

If we don’t cling to the reality that we will always be pilgrims until the return of the King, we will be suffer a great many things.  We are already separated by our sins from Him, and this road will separate eternally.

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” Philippians 3:20

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” Ephesians 2:19

 

References

Almighty, G. (1611). The Holy Bible. Retrieved from

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My Statement of Faith

 

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I believe what has been come to be known as the Authorized Version of the King James Bible is the Holy Inerrant Word of God.  It is also known as the Holy Bible.  By the will of God Almighty, the commission of translating the original text was done according to His will.  It is given as gift to the reader for edification of our souls; that we be able to “know” God in all of His glory.

  1. The Holy Bible consists of 66 books deemed canonical.
  2. The books of the Holy Bible were written by 40 holy men by inspiration of our Triune God.
  3. [1]The Holy Bible is inerrant and infallible, without error and unable to fail.
  4. [2]The Holy Bible has been preserved for the edification of the elect saints.
  5. The Holy Bible has been preserved for every generation.

[3]God is our provident and loving God, creator of all things.  He exists in Holy Trinity;  God the Father being the origin of all things, God the Son, our redeemer and the Holy Spirit our mighty Paraklete.  Known as one in essence and being and three persons in outward identity. The three, together formed all that we know as creation.  And with the Word, all things were made in six calendar days.

[4]By the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ, the universe was created.  He was born of a virgin to fulfill prophecy, that we may know He was the living God.  Fully man and fully God, He came to fulfill all the laws that we could not keep because of our fallen nature.  [5]He came to justify us of our sins against God and redeem us from the penalty of death.  For all those who truly believe and follow Christ may be saved and have eternal life.  He was crucified by all of us.  [6]Died on the cross and rose again on the third day becoming our King of kings at the right hand of God the Father.

[7]The Holy Spirit is responsible of a great many things from the very rebirth of a wretched soul, the elect of God, to a regenerate Christian.  The Holy Spirit aids, guides and facilitates all things that are in the path of Sanctification.  He also provides us with gifts that God deems necessary to fulfill His Holy will.  Anyone who receives Christ receives the Holy Spirit.

  • [8]Satan does exist, along with a legions of fallen angels, also known as demons and the only can do so by our Sovereign God, which means there is nothing they can do that is not within His will.
  • [9]All men are fallen and therefore separated from God until they receive Christ.
  • [10]Man can not do anything of himself to obtain righteousness.
  • [11]Man was created in the image of God.
  • Whoever truly believes in Jesus Christ and follows [12]Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
  • [13]As God’s chosen elect, you have the assurance of salvation.  If one “falls away” or turns from God, I submit, they were never saved or chosen.
  • [14]The church as we have come to know it has a couple of meanings which are acceptable.  One being the place where the sinners, called out ones, ecclesia, congregate for edification, and worship of our God.  The church is also the bride of Christ and can be considered the individual vessel, person or steward of the word.
  • [15]Full immersion into water is an outward expression and ordinance to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It is an expression of our crucifixion with Him that we may be joined with Him forever in the Holiest of Covenantal Marriages.
  • [16]The Lords Super is a required ordinance.  I believe it should be observed as it was by the apostles on that Passover night.  I also believe if the Holy Spirit comes upon someone to partake of sacrament, it is their right to do so at will.  And in no way is the literal body and blood.
  • [17]I do not believe in rapture as we know it.  I believe in the exactly what scripture states, that those who are alive and remain in the end will be caught up after those who died in Christ have risen.  I believe the church will endure tribulation but be protected to a certain extent.  Christ is only having one second coming.
  • [18]Heaven is the Holiest of temples for all the priests and saints of God.  Hell is the eternal burning place for those who chose poorly.

 

[1] The Holy Bible, 2 Timothy 3:16

[2] The Holy Bible, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

[3] The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:1

[4] The Holy Bible, John 1:1-4

[5] The Holy Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:21

[6] The Holy Bible, Matthew 27:46

[7] The Holy Bible, Matthew 12:31-33, John 3:6-8, Acts 2:1-5

[8] The Holy Bible, Job

[9] The Holy Bible, Romans 3:23

[10] The Holy Bible, John 15:5

[11] The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:26

[12] The Holy Bible, John 3:15, Matthew 22:37-40, John 14:15

[13] The Holy Bible, John 10:28

[14] The Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:27

[15] The Holy Bible, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:27, Mark 1:4, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:16, Matthew 3:16, 28:19, 20,

[16] The Holy Bible, Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 11:24-28

[17] The Holy Bible,  Matthew 24:29-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

[18] The Holy Bible, Revelation 4, Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50

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Christian Worldview

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Everyone has a worldview.  Worldview is our individual, personal idea of life and the world we live in.   It is defined by five parts being the origin of all things, who our personal identity is, the value of what we are or the “meaning of life”.   A clear definition of what is right and wrong, a set of rules we live by or a moral compass.  And finally our potential finality, destiny.  What will come of us?

The Author and Pioneer of life, all known and unknown is defined clearly multiple times in the Bible.  First being, “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1, the Holy Bible)  God spoke the world into existence, creation ex nihilo “creation out of nothing.” (Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World, ch 5, pg 84)  General Revelation by David in Psalm 19:1, 3 depicts the realization of God in all things.  “God can be known in a general way by humans…” (Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World, ch 5, pg 80)  In a national conference in 2010, Albert Mohler was asked by his peers to give a message.  The message was, “Why Does the Universe Look So Old?”  And here, Mohler expresses the Hebrew literary genre of Genesis as being that a sort of amanuensis.   There was no hint of poetry.  The words were deliberate and methodical.  God inherently dictated the words of His creation to Moses.  And those words were Christ’s as John describes in John chapter 1.  God created all things with a Word.

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  (The Holy Bible, Mark 12:17) The image on the coin was Caesars.  The image upon us is God’s.  In Genesis 1:26, God being the Father, Son and Holy Spirit states, “Let us make man in our image…”  This is not only a clear indication of basic appearance but also intent of character.   That character being, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance”.  (The Holy Bible, Galatians 5:22, 23)   Keep in mind this was prior to the fall and after regeneration.  The words of our Lord in Mark also make clear indication of ownership.  Being bounty of redemption we are owned by the blood of Christ.  (Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6:20) When your direction of a fallen creature, without Christ is utter doom; the wages of sin are death, then you welcome the relinquishment of independence willfully, giving our person to Jesus Christ.  “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (The Holy Bible, John 3:30)

Being made in the physical likeness and the spiritual likeness through sanctification puts us above the beasts of land, air and sea.  “…and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon this earth.” (The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:26)  They are made first for His good pleasure and secondly to serve human kind.  For the greater of which is the well orchestrated system by our great Pioneer.   Of which serves us by sustaining life down to the buzzing bee.

We owe our every breath to God Almighty.  “It is a part of God’s nature to be creative. He is the divine Creator. It was His will to create.” (Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World, ch 5, pg 87)  “By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory…to praise of His glorious grace…” (The Baptist Confession of Faith, ch 3, pg 9)   We live by His grace and we live for His glory.

My purpose in all this is to be a steward of the Gospel, the highest honor and the most perilous appointment.  I heard Pastor J. John, with his creative expression of what we do.  He said, “I work for a global enterprise, we have got outlets in nearly every country in the world.  We’ve got hospitals and hospices and homeless shelters.  We do marriage work, we have got orphanages, and we’ve got feeding programs, educational programs.  We do all sorts of justice and reconciliation.  Basically we look after people from birth to death and we deal in the area of behavioral alteration.”  The lady of whom he was speaking to at Heathrow airport said, “WOW!!”  “It was so loud her wow, loads of people turned around and looked at us.”  She said, “What’s it called?”  “I said it’s called the church” (J. John, Trinity Broadcast Network, You Tube) I personally have worked in most of the areas that J. John so colorfully and humorously voiced.  It is with tremendous joy in service.  The Greek word would be agalliao, which means exceedingly glad, jumping for joy which can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit.  We could know no gladness like this outside of God.

Moral Compass was the subject of a sermon of mine.  To those who are saved, we recognize it as something written upon our hearts.  The Jews often refer to the “Law” as a labor of love.  We find ourselves desiring to please God.  “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (The Holy Bible, John 14:15)  “…I will put my laws into their hearts…” (The Holy Bible, Hebrews 10:16)  The knowledge of right and wrong had been branded upon us from the author of morality.   You feel the simplest gratitude being right and the worst morose being wrong.  In that message, the compass always ports due north to God, look up.

Apocalypses is the Greek word for uncovering the veil.  The veil at the temple was rent by the work at the cross.  Christ being our great mediator, we can now, as reborn, regenerate souls, approach the throne as joint heirs with our petition to the most high God.  The uncovering of what Christ had planned for us is culminated in one book that is the only book that offers blessing to the one who reads and keeps it.  Keeping it is of a high accord.  In Hebrew the word would be Shamar.  In this Revelation we see heaven.  Heaven is the long awaited re-uniting of creature and Creator.  The prayer so fervently expressed by Christ in Gethsemane, John 17.  “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (The Holy Bible, John 3:15) Believing is the ultimate form of faith.  We believe that Christ’s work upon the cross was sufficient for the atonement of our sins.  This justification pardons us from eternal death which we unequivocally deserve.  This grace is our free gift that only by the fruits of the Holy Spirit with in us, which is also a free gift; we can be free of the bounds of eternal death.  In Romans 6:14, 23 it states sin shall have no dominion, therefore neither do wages.

Many view heaven as a destination.  I believe much more.  I believe it is the Holy Matrimony of Christ and the bride; an eternal union of all things righteous.   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering , gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (The Holy Bible, Galatians 5:22, 23)  Christ is the fruits and we will be joined in the first of these first and foremost which is love.  A place within Him where their can be no sorrow.   The scripture does depict a place of grandeur by John while on Patmos, but I feel, this is of no relevance to the glory and majesty of the Holy Union.  The walls with precious stone sand streets of gold are nothing in light of our King.

As a creature, born in the image of our God we have rights over the earth and all things there of.  As His creature we have thoughts and feelings that draw us to Him.  We are made with the desire to please Him.   The only way we can make our God happy is by faith and obedience.   He has gone above the mere actions of a flawed creature and given us these things through grace.  He wrote His name, His love and His law upon our hearts for all eternity.  That eternity will be spent in unity upon the day of our glorification, upon the day of our Lord.

 

Works Cited

Almighty, God. The King James Holy Bible. Lansing: Local Church Bible Publishers, 2015. Print.

The Baptist Confessional of Faith & The Baptist Catechism. Vestavia Hills: Solid Ground Christian Books and Reformed Bapstist Publications of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America, 2014. Print.

John, J. “How to Explain What You Do, When You’re a Pastor.” Trinity Broadcasting Networking. http://www.youtube.com. N.p., 13 November 2014. Web. 16 September 2016. <http://youtu.be/L6TGxKSqH8&gt;.

Mohler, Albert. “2010 National Conference: Message 15, Why does the Universe Look So Old”.“ Online posting. http://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/tough-questions-christians-face-2010-national/why-does-the-universe-look-so-old/. http://www.ligonier.org, n.d. Web. 16 Sep. 2016. <www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/tough-questions-christians-face-2010-national/why-does-the-universe-look-so-old/>.

Weider, Lee, and Ben Gutierrez. Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly About the World. Database: B&H Academic, 2013. WORD Search.

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Christology from the Beginning

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11 Year Old Proclaiming Jesus Throughout the Bible

Published on Jan 17, 2014

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Christology from the Beginning

The person and work of Christ has a direct impact upon all things as we know it from [1]“Let there be light:” to [2]“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” He is the author and pioneer of all of us.  As a result of our fall and His love, he had to come to wash away our sins, with His very blood. Chris said to be ready and be watching for His return.  [3]The eleven men he ministered to prior to His death and resurrection and the one, Paul, whom He enslaved, were the first to be commissioned to spread the gospel to the whole world.  They set the tone for all of us who receive the call to do the work of our Lord.  We are to evangelize and build churches with the word of God.  We are to be blameless in our instruction and shepherding of the congregations.  In the preparation, and ministering the Good News of who Jesus Christ is, what He has done and inevitably what He will do.  All of this work is culminating His work to the facilitation of His return.  Some will endure until the end and be glorified.  Many will turn their backs now, and during the tribulation.  Even some of the church will turn from Him.  The will perish. This is makes the shepherding paramount.  God uses each and every one of us to do his will.  Both the just and the un-just.  [4]Even Balaam’s donkey could not escape the will of God in effort to facilitate His divine plan.

[5]Christ has been with us and has made his presence known through out the first gospel.  [6]It was the work of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that gave us the heavens for light and wonder.  The providence of our God gave us the earth and all things in it as our home, shelter and sustenance.  He reveals Himself in future tense in the third chapter of Genesis.  Letting us know, He will come and the enemy will be defeated.  “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heal”.   And again in Isaiah, [7]“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”  This message is complete in twenty five words [8]“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

[9]Christ said to search the scriptures and you will find Him.  We have learned that the Hebrew text shows a greater and lesser title of YHWH.  LORD and Lord.  As well as the reference to the “Angel of the LORD” depict Christ.  A great example is Christ visiting Abraham in chapter 18 with two angles.  Possibly the only two ever referenced, Michael and Gabriel.  [10]“And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee from thy servant.”

When Jacob was dying, he called his sons to share with them hope when he is gone.  [11]“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver rom between his feed, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” This is the beginning of Messianic prophecies.  There are a total of 456 times in the Old Testament that Jesus was mentioned in the context of being the Messiah.  In Job, He is the mediator.  In first Samuel, He is the anointed faithful priest.  The book of Psalms tells of His glory from natural revelation to the doctrine of end things.  Russell D. Moore writes, [12]“All along the way the Scripture speaks of God’s purpose to build a kingdom for his anointed, incarnate Son as the firstborn among many brothers. Eschatology then is inherently messianic-in both Old and New Testaments.”

Christ in the New Testament

Jesus Christ, the second in the trinity, came to first be our Rabbi and show us the way.  He became the rock on which the church, the bride, the body of Christ was to be founded upon.  And when all the prophecies and laws were fulfilled that the Father deemed necessary, he put himself in place of us upon the cross to bear the wrath of God the Father.  [13]“Eli, Eli, lama, sa-bach-thani?” Fulfillment of Psalm 22,” My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” We witness The Son’s cry to the Father who could not look upon him.  He had to turn away as all His wrath was bore done upon him.  [14]Tetelestai.

Pentecost fulfilled in Acts 2.  The Holy Spirit, He came upon the disciples to edify them and the church.  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” And so the early church began.  And the eleven need a scholar; one to write to the churches of Rome, Corinth, Galatia and so on.   Christ chose the evilest man he could find to make example of him and use him for His will.  [15]“Saul, Saul why persecutest thou me.”  Christ was addressing then Saul for persecuting His church.  He blinded him on the road to Damascus.  Paul was demolished by Christ; torn apart and turned upside down.  Life as he knows it was a lie.  He felt the hand of Jesus Christ upon him.  The one he denied and suffered the remorse of all of those he persecuted.  He spent days without food or drink.  He had to wait for Ananias while he mourned his wretchedness.  Paul was convicted, justified and enslaved by Jesus Christ, to further the gospel.  He had to submit, even unto his own life.  [16]“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” [17]

[18]“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…” Paul and John both write of the return of Christ.  Johns vision in Revelations of the Lamb on the throne of God.  The bride will endure many things.  [19]But God promises that it will be no more than we can bear.  [20]And at the final trumpet, Christ shall return and those who have died in Christ and those who are living will be caught up with Him.  And He shall reign for ever and ever.

The history of the study of the life and work of Christ starts with Protoevangelium.  This is the revelation of Christ in the first Gospel, the Old Testament.  From John 1 we can see Christ in the creation.  In Romans 5, Paul writes the correlation between Adam and Christ.  [21]“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abound unto many.”

There were some that had an issue with Christ the deity under Docetism.  [22]“First John was written, in part to confront a heresy known as Docetism.  False teachers were harassing the Johannine communities.”

Historical development of Christology

Docetism is the idea of Christ only appearing to have a body or somewhat like an angel introduce the Demiurge.  Spirit and matter at odds against each other.  [23]The first to rebut this heresy was Ignatius in 110 A.D.  He wrote a letter to Ephesians which referred to those who were spreading this affront to God as dogs, and should be avoided like wild beasts.  He also wrote to the Trallians on this matter stating, “…If that is the case, I die for no reason; what is more, I am telling lies about the Lord.”

Irenaeus in 130 A.D. also sent a letter to the same effect to Cerinthians confronting the Gnostics.  He had referenced the disciple John proclaiming the Word made flesh.  He stated in antithetical fashion to drive the point they undo the work of salvation with this heretical idea.

Irenaeus had to address other heresies like Ebionism which was the rejection of Christ being deity.  [24]“Vain also are the Ebionites who do not accept in their souls by faith the union of God and man…”

These debates bore council.  The first being The Council of Nicea in 325 A.D..  The theology that Arius adopted called Adoptionism and Dynamic Monarchianism was a belief that Jesus was not coeternal and was created from nothing.   Which came to its conclusion on May 20th were approximately 318 bishops determined that Christ was fully divine affirmed in the Nicene Creed.; [25]“Light from Light”.

The Council of Constantinople in 381 condemned the teachings of Apollinarus.  He professed divine Logos and Constantinople affirmed the full humanity of Jesus.  Apollinarus believed that Christ was completely God but wasn’t completely human.

The Council of Ephesus in 431 condemned Nestorius belief that there were two separate persons of Christ.  This literally reads as Jesus having multiple personalities.  This Nestorianism proclaims these two people in Jesus act in unity.

The Council of Chalcedon in 451 was the last of the Christological councils.  This council excommunicated Eutyches for his view of Monophysitism.  A belief that is contrary to what we know now.  He believed Christ was neither fully man nor fully God.  He was some type of new nature all together.  The Chalcedon statement that Jesus Christ is one person with two natures being the Son of the triune God is retained to this day.

Monasticism introduced by St Augustine was a religious way of life separated from the world.   This is a misguided concept that stems from sanctification.  [26]“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them form evil.” Monasticism was later refuted through reformists.

The Church started this period with missionary, which was an attempting to fulfill commission by converting barbarians.  Chalcedonian doctrine of one person with plural natures in Christ was with Anselm during this period.  Anselm developed Anselmian Soteriology, which indented to provide rational defense of Incarnation.   Anselm solidified Latin Christology.  Anselm defended Scholasticism.  [27]Circa 1070 he defined the Spirit as the “self-love” that “proceeds equally from the Father and Son.  Love that is nothing other than the supreme essence and Father, Son and Love are one supreme essence.  In On the Procession of the Holy Spirit…”

[28]Catholicism was on a decline in the later 1200’s.  The Renaissance in part, lead to the Reformation.  There was an expression of a more religions nature.  The plague was upon them in the mid 1300’s.  This created a great need for the hope of Jesus Christ.  The church did not want to reveal the truth.

[29]Around 1450 in Guttenberg Germany printing for the church began.  Having the ability to print paved the way for people like Wycliffe and Tyndale to print the bible in English.  On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the Chapel Church doors in Wittenberg.  A significant change was Luther’s Disputation against Scholastic Theology[30]“The whole of Aristotle is to theology darkness is to light.”

[31]Perhaps a key point of Christ’s work is evident in the doctrine of Natural Revelation.  John Calvin states that natural revelation is the “theater” of God.  [32]“The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”  The first chapter of John expresses the work of Christ as part of the triune God who created all things.

The major aspect of the Reformation was in scripture all along.  The attainment of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone by Christ alone is the single most important aspect that has bore through time into the modern church. This has withstood the Counter Reformation.

The Council of Trent held between 1545 and 1563 was intent to counter and address what they say were heresies of the Protestant Reformation.  This would include the abandonment of Mass, the concept of Eucharist, and of the Virgin Mary. The council had difficulty with attendance as a result to power and liberty given to bishops.  The result of the counter both reformations lead to complete separation.  The universal church has the same order, dogmatism and doctrines, while the Protestant Reformation seems to continue to reform; searching for the next revival.

The Modern Church

            The modern church was a principal cause for independence of the new land.  [33]The church continued to preach “life through the word.”  The church had to maintain its cruciform.  It had to stay faithful to ordinances such as the Lord’s Supper and Baptism; although the topic of infant baptism is still a subject of controversy.   Church polity does vary from denomination to denomination.  Eschatology is also another area that there is debate on when Christ will return to take His bride.  All of these presuppositions are necessary for seeking the truth in the bible.   The mission for all of the denominations remains the unity.  We are commissioned to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

There are some that have gained a tremendous movement under the umbrella of Christianity.  [34]They have appealed to the desires of this world; compromising the word of God and doctrines.  This is a dangerous position for church leaders and fellowship.  Interestingly, the 7 churches addressed in Revelations, bear strong resemblance to all of the churches today.

Theological Formula

            Theologies that are a result of the person and work of Christ are of utmost importance for the Christian in “knowing” our Lord.  The doctrine of creation we learn of our provident God.   The doctrine of natural revelation gives us comfort as we look into the work of our God all for His creature, for the glorification of Himself.  [35]The doctrine of “Special revelation is God’s self disclosure fully”, through scripture to His children.

The most important of these doctrines, which in some spaces is still debated the doctrine of Trinity.  Jesus Christ, the first position under God the Father in perfect unity and equality all the works of God’s hand.  The outward confession of faith shown through baptism is commenced, just as it was with Christ in the Jordan, with all three present.

The gravity of putting method of Christology in our lives is far-reaching.  From the catechizing of the child, through adulthood into the church, we are to, as Christ said many times to follow him.   We are to search the scriptures to find Him and learn and grow through our sanctification by the Holy Spirit.  [36]“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us…”  Preaching the gospel to the whole world, this is the Great Commission for the glorification of Him and for the edification of His children.  In the end, this is to expedite the kingdom of God.

 

Praise God


Biography

Inspired Word of God, (1611), “The King James Holy Bible

Daniel L. Akin, 2007, “A Theology for the Church

Ed M. van der Mass, 2000, “Halley’s Bible Handbook

[1] The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:3

[2] The Holy Bible, Revelations 2:21

[3] The Holy Bible, Matthew 28:18-20

[4] The Holy Bible, Numbers 22:21-39

[5] The Holy Bible, John 1:1-5

[6] The Holy Bible, Genesis 1-2

[7] The Holy Bible, Isaiah 53:10

[8] The Holy Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:21

[9] The Holy Bible, John 5:39

[10] The Holy Bible, Genesis 18:3

[11] The Holy Bible, Genesis 49:10

[12] A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin, Ch. 14, pg. 858

[13] The Holy Bible, Mark 5:34

[14] The Holy Bible, John 19:30

[15] The Holy Bible, Acts 9:4

[16] The Holy Bible, Philippians 1:23

[17] The Holy Bible, Revelations 11:15

[18] The Holy Bible, 1 Thessalonians 4:16

[19] The Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:13

[20] The Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thes. 4:16,17

[21] The Holy Bible, Romans 5:12,15

[22] A Theology for Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 521

[23] A Theology for Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 522

[24] A Theology for Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 523

[25] A Theology for the Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 526

[26] The Holy Bible, John 17:15

[27] A Theology for the Church, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, ch.11, pg. 640

[28] Halley’s Bible Handbook, pg 990

[29] Halley’s Bible Handbook, pg 991

[30] A Theology for the Church, Russell D. Moore, ch. 2,  pg 95

[31] A Theology for the Church, Russell D. Moore, ch. 2, pg 97

[32] The Holy Bible, Psalm  19:1

[33] A Theology for the Church, Mark E. Dever, ch. 13, pg.779

[34] The Holy Bible, Revelation 2:14-16, 3:14-16

[35] A Theology for the Church, David S. Dockery and David P. Nelson, ch. 3, pg. 119

[36] The Holy Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:20

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New Heaven and New Earth

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A new heaven and earth were first mentioned in Isaiah 65:17. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.” (KJV Holy Bible) The next verse portrays the emotion of this.  “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people to joy.” (Isaiah 65:18, KJV Holy Bible) Christ speaks of rejoicing in the Sermon on the Mount.  The Greek word used was agallio, which quite literally means to jump for joy.  Samach does not hold the same exuberance, but Christ often spoke in dramatics to truly emphasize point and separation.  It follows with the word chedvah or joy.  Samach in conjunction with chedvah gives the reader the feeling of double the gladness.  Similar to the repeated expressions of blessedness of the persecuted in Matthew 5.

Revelation 21 repeats the expression of a new heaven and earth, but now with emotion of adornment.  “And I John saw holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2, KJV Holy Bible) This holy city referred to as “new Jerusalem” does not give the same contextual view of place but a person(s).  New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ.  This image concludes the view of last things.

The New Heaven and Earth are two fold in the concept of eschatology.  Both physical and spiritual or fully God and fully man.  After the Great Tribulation and the Resurrection, the church, the bride, the body of Christ as one with God in covenantal, eternal union will experience chedvah like no other.   The agallio will be known throughout the new heaven and earth.   “…Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God.”  Completing the promise of Abraham and the last prayer in Gethsemane of reunion of our Creator with His creature.  Forever twain.

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Polity of Redeemed and Delivered Ministries

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The polity that this fellowship follows is a type of Congregationalism.  Growing up in a church/cult that followed an Episcopal polity that H.E. Dana described eloquently.  “the abuse of discipline is reprehensible and destructive…” (A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin, chap 13 pg. 837) What I had learned is that, when left to men, corrupt and fallen men, mistakes can and will be made. 

Pastor Kenneth Blank and I, discussed the polity of this church at length.  My main concern is the ego of men.  In effort to establish humility of the servant leaders of this congregation, Christ had to be the head, always and forever.  “And he is the head of the body, the church:” (Colossians 1:18, KJV Holy Bible) Which has been defined as a Presbyter Polity.  In conjunction, we agreed that since we are sinful men, we should declare as a council of elders to prayer first and foremost, to council with God upon all church matters as this effects the body. 

The elders being Kenneth, myself and appointed deacons.  “A congregational church recognizes the congregation as the final earthly court of appeal in matters of dispute.” (A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin, chap 13 pg. 841) All the members of this congregation can meet and speak with any elder, at will.  Which certainly differs from Episcopal or that of the Mormons (still a church, but one of false doctrine) We believe we are servants and should not put on heirs of unapproachability.  By the crucifixion of Christ, the veil was torn.  If there is no mediator but Christ, then that is the case in the body.

                What we have done is give everyone a voice in matters and a small council to sort out the concerns or needs by first prayer to our King.  Petitioning the throne for guidance and presence of wisdom of the Holy Spirit to resolve all concerns.  With our bibles in our hands we go to scripture to seek instruction.  We come to a conclusion democratically and most importantly a godly conclusion of all matters in a polity that can only be defined as “Reformed Congregationalism”.

addendum:

At this time there is only one servant leader of this fellowship, Pastor David Joseph Maclellan.

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Theology and Doctrine of Marriage: A brief synopsis

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Theology and doctrine of marriage is a wonderful gift of comfort during our time separated from God.  It can be best seen in the relationship of the Trinity.  In its contrary is the more familiar contractual marriage.  As an individual who intends on having a godly, covenantal relationship, we start with our own justifications.  If we enter into a bond and we have not been convicted, then it is likely that one will carry the other and be unequally yoked.  “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV Holy Bible) When we are in the process of our individual sanctification, the indwelling and covenant with Christ is in place.  If there is evident of spiritual maturity in both parties, then modest courtship can occur.  Spiritual maturity would mean, both individuals are both actively seeking God, which will be evident in the fruits of their individual lives.  Modest courtship is something at would go against the grain of our society, but is absolutely necessary in adhering to a godly covenantal relationship.  “Every purpose is established by counsel…” (Proverbs 20:18, KJV Holy Bible) I still believe in the old Jewish tradition of a lad requesting permission for courtship.  This puts the responsibility of the parent who would be relinquishing care to the would be husbands care.   This would take the need of a godly parent.  Once approval is given, then a platonic courtship can take place.  “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:5, KJV Holy Bible) Courtship gives both parties time to understand some of what each other finds valuable in life.  Essential Christ will always be the utmost in both parties.  And eventually the two can become one.

This is in complete opposition with what we are familiar with which is contractual relationships.  Like a car, you test drive be before you buy.  If it doesn’t work, you trade it in for a new one.  That title of ownership goes to someone else.  In a covenantal relationship, we follow the model Christ set before us with the relationship between Himself and the church.  “For the husband is head of the wife, even as Christ is head of the church…, the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and give himself for it;” (Ephesians 5:23-25, KJV Holy Bible) Jesus came served, ministered and sacrificed.  And so should husbands. This is not to say there isn’t a headship that needs to be recognized.  It should be known that this headship is not a totalitarian dictatorship, which can often be the case in a contractual marriage.  This is where two, serve one another, made as equals, with the husband as the head, both seeking Christ as one.  A godly unity that Christ prayed for in Gethsemane (John 17), that the Holy Father pre-ordained, without question is holy, righteous and just.  And the two as one can fulfill the covenant of marriage and if viable bear children for the kingdom of heaven and teach the same catechized values.

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